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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Princess Cruises' Art Connoisseur Voyages showcase top contemporary artists

Passengers Can Meet Artists Such as Michael Godard,
Viktor Shvaiko and Bill Mack in Person

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (May 25, 2012) – Princess Cruises is showcasing some of today’s top contemporary artists and lecturers in a series of special Art Connoisseur Cruises designed for both avid collectors and art newcomers.

A wide range of internationally acclaimed artists will join the ship during these cruises, including names such as bas relief sculptor Bill Mack, Russian American contemporary artist Viktor Shvaiko, and colorful French American painter Duaiv. The voyages offer a variety of events with the artists, such as meet-and-greet sessions, demonstrations, art classes, special art unveilings and interviews where passengers can ask questions. Some artists, including pop fusion painter Eric Waugh even entertain crowds with live painting sessions set to music.

Other famous names onboard will include “rock star of the art world” Michael Godard, painter Alexandre Renoir, great grandson of the famed French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Christine Argillet, daughter of Salvador Dali’s publisher who will offer her personal stories and insight into of one of the 20th century’s most unique artists.

Art Connoisseur Cruises are part of Princess’ Fine Arts program, offering passengers the opportunity to see and learn about some of the most notable artwork produced throughout the past century. Each ship features works from collectable artists for sale that are the centerpieces of art auctions held during each cruise.

“These connoisseur cruises give art lovers the opportunity to learn more about the works and artists they admire, or discover new artists,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. Plus, it's something our passengers might not be able to experience at home, so it's an interesting enrichment option during their vacation."

Princess’ upcoming Art Connoisseur cruises include:

July 17          Ruby Princess – 12 days Grand Mediterranean
Fabian Perez, Chris DeRubeis, Patrick Guyton

July 20 Caribbean Princess – 12-day Iceland
Michael Godard, Bill Mack, Viktor Shvaiko, Adam Scott Rote

August 25 Caribbean Princess – 14-day Iceland, Greenland & British Isles Explorer
Bill Mack, Chris DeRubeis, Patrick Guyton, Duaiv, Nim Vaswani (art lecturer/historian on Picasso), Christine Argillet (art lecturer/historian on Salvador Dali)

October 26             Emerald Princess –12-day Canada & New England
Alexandre Renoir, Viktor Shvaiko, Eric Waugh, Michael Schwartz (art lecturer/historian on Picasso, Rembrandt, and Renoir)


Many of these artists also sail individually on select artist voyages throughout the year.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com.
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About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.3 million passengers each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from seven to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

Princess Cruises is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations. Visit us at www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.

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